Ruth Ensley

Ruth Ensley

Ruth graduated from Fairleigh Dickenson University in 1965 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts majoring in Art and a certification to teach Art K through 12. During that time she also attended the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio and Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ruth taught Art for three years in Chester, New Jersey and 2 years in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and also in Asuncion, Paraguay. Ruth is an award-winning artist, creating art professionally since 1966 in a broad range of media including watercolor, mixed media, batik, collage, jewelry, and photography. She has been featured in numerous solo and group shows in Bi-national Center Galleries, private collections, exhibits and galleries in the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Madagascar, Mexico, Honduras, Paraguay and Costa Rica. Five of the fifteen years that she lived in different countries where spent in Costa Rica.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Preserving Tropical Treasures

I have always been inspired by all kinds of birds. Birds make me smile and fill me with wonder. Their colors, whimsical movements and feats of grandeur fill me with awe. Birds make my heart sing!

My other subjects have ranged from non-objective designs, landscapes, people, to flora and fauna with exotic birds and flowers. The media of watercolor allows me to show the beautiful transparencies, textures, and the luxuriant color that one might see in a cloud or a rain forest. I hold the hope that my paintings aid in focusing on what would be lost because of the shrinking forests of the world and the unique creatures that live within these forests. I strive to show my interpretations of what I see and feel as I view these tropical treasures and the treasures in our native world.

Ruth is a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, the Springfield Art Guild, the Vienna Arts Society and Art a la Carte Gallery in Occoquan, VA.

Her work can be viewed at and



“Burgmansia”, 29″x 34″, watercolor, $ 900

“The Patrol”, 32”x 40”, watercolor, $1000

“Toucan Paradise”, 29”x 34”, watercolor, $ 900

“A Place to Call Home”, 21”x 26”, mixed media, $ 275

“Two Men from Picas Peru”, 22”x 27”, watercolor with pen and ink, $ 300

“Hidden in the Rain Forest”, 28”x 31″, watercolor, $ 750